Middle East studies in the News
West Side Synagogue Leaders Threaten to Ax Book Fair Unless Nearby Store Drops Pro-Palestine Children's Book [incl. Golbarg Bashi]
by KERRY BURKE BEN CHAPMAN
Leaders of a prominent West Side synagogue are threatening to cancel a book fair next month unless a nearby store ditches a pro-Palestine children's book.
"P is for Palestine" teaches children the alphabet using Palestinian references. But Rabbi Ammiel Hirsch of the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue said it also glorifies violence.
"The book states that 'I is for Intifada,' Arabic for rising up for what is right, if you are a kid or grownup!" Hirsch said in an open letter posted on the temple's website. "The intifada was not 'a rising up for what is right.' It was a mass descent into immorality."
The book by Golbarg Bashi is carried by Book Culture on Columbus. Bookstore owner Chris Doeblin didn't respond to a request for comment.Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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